Accidents at work are very common, and when they occur, a worker may suffer serious injuries. Injuries like head injuries, broken bones or back injuries can lead to a pile of medical bills and lost wages. Pennsylvania workers’ compensation provides some benefits, but only a portion of lost wages. For many workers and their families, workplace accidents can wreck financial havoc.
Benefits Available Under Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation
Under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws, workers who are injured in on the job accidents are eligible to make claims for medical benefits. In cases where the injury results in either temporary or permanent disability, workers may be eligible for wage loss benefits. However these benefits are paid at a percentage of the average weekly wage. So, workers who obtain workers’ compensation wage loss/disability benefits will not receive their full wages.
Third Party Claims for Work Related Injuries in Pennsylvania
Many workers who are injured on the job may be able to make claims separate and distinct from workers’ compensation claims. These additional claims, if successful, can help a disabled worker obtain all past and future lost wages as well as compensation for pain and suffering damages. Read more about compensation available in a workplace fall accident in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Common Examples of Claims Made in a Work Accident Case in Pennsylvania
Products liability claims are common in work related accident cases, especially in factory accidents and construction accidents. A factory worker who is injured as a result of a defective machine may have a valid products liability case. A construction worker or warehouse worker who is injured in a forklift accident may have a valid claim against a forklift manufacturer.
Negligent Service or Maintenance Claims in Work Accident Cases in Pennsylvania
Another type of claim which is often overlooked is a negligent maintenance claim in factory, construction or industrial accident situations. For example, a company which maintains and services a piece of machinery may be liable for negligently servicing the machine, which resulted in the accident. This kind of claim is separate from a product liability claim.
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Published: September 5, 2012